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    In "The Birds," there are a number of details which suggest that the birds might be under the influence of an evil force. When Nat goes to pick up Jill from the bus stop, for example, he notes that...

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    For the first two radio announcements, the announcer advised people to secure their doors, windows, and chimneys. Parents were told to take any reasonable precautions to keep their children safe....

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    In the beginning of "The Birds," the sea symbolizes routine: both the routine of the birds, as they progress through the seasons, and the routine of Nat's life, as he spends his lunch breaks on the...

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    At the beginning of the story, when Nat is eating lunch, he observes a great change in the birds. While "great flocks" of the birds continue to come to the peninsula, they appear "restless" and...

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    Early in "The Birds," Du Maurier frequently uses foreshadowing to build anticipation ahead of the birds' attack. One example of this comes in the second paragraph when Nat is eating his lunch and...

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    Nat Hocken is very aware of and connected to nature. He is the first person, for example, who notices the change in the birds' behaviour on December third. Nat is also dependable and reliable:...

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    In "The Birds," the chime of the kitchen clock interrupts the "scratching and tearing" of the birds' attack. That the narrator describes the chime as "homely" suggests that it is a welcome...

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    Nat believes that it is the unusually hard winter weather that has caused the birds to behave strangely. In the beginning of the story, we notice that Nat is concerned about the number of birds...

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    In the story, Jim is the cowman; both Nat and Jim work for the farmer, Mr. Trigg. When Nat asks Jim whether he has had any trouble with the birds, Jim brushes Nat off. Nat then begins to describe...

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    From the beginning of the story, Nat is baffled by the sudden change in the birds' behaviour and tries to explain it rationally. The first of these is a change in the weather which Nat takes from...

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    The story opens on December 3 with two seemingly minor incidents: Nat observes a change in the behavior of the local birds. He finds them restless and agitated, completely lacking in any intent....

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    The BBC radio announcements create suspense because they decrease in frequency over the course of the story. The day after the birds first attack, for example, the BBC airs an announcement from the...

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    At the very beginning of the story, we read: On December third, the wind changed overnight and it was winter. Until then the autumn had been mellow, soft. The earth was rich where the plow had...

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    In the beginning of "The Birds," the narrator introduces Nat Hocken, a disabled veteran, and informs the reader how he spends his working day. He works for Mr Trigg, the farmer, three days per week...

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    In "The Birds," Nat Hocken is heroic because he is a fearless leader. Nat proves this when the birds attack his home for the first time. Despite being attacked by the birds on his window-sill, for...

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    In literature, writers use the exposition to set the scene of the story. In "The Birds," Du Maurier achieves this by making two key points: the first of these being the sudden change to the weather...

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    In "The Birds," Du Maurier uses symbolism to enhance some of the story's key themes. The Peninsula, for example, is transformed by Du Maurier from a calm and picturesque setting into a battleground...

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    One comparison between du Maurier's short story and the Hitchcock film is the sheer terror that the birds pose, while a difference might lie in characterization. I think that a significant...

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    The day after the first attack on Nat's house, there is a news announcement on the wireless. This consists of a statement issued from the Home Office which confirms that the birds are attacking...

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    There are a number of examples of irony in Du Maurier's story, "The Birds." One of the most striking can be found in the fate of Mrs Trigg, the farmer's wife. She demonstrates scepticism towards...

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    On the day after the birds' first attack, the Home Office makes a statement which is announced on the radio. According to this statement, a "vast quantity of birds" are attacking people and...

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    In "The Birds," the characters react quite differently to the birds' attacks. Mr Trigg, for example, adopts a rather blasé attitude: he thinks that a gun will provide adequate protection, as he...

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    In "The Birds," one of the most prevalent themes is that of human survival; this is evident through the activities of Nat Hocken. In his efforts to keep his family safe from the birds, for example,...

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    Nat assumed that the birds were behaving strangely because they signified the end of autumn and the approaching winter. At some point in the story, Nat commented on the bird’s behavior to Mr....

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    In "The Birds," Du Maurier uses imagery to enhance her description and to build on the experiences of her characters. Just before the first attack, when Nat is in bed with his wife, for example,...

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    There are a number of themes in Du Maurier's story, "The Birds." Fear is, perhaps, the most obvious and is shown most clearly through the character of Nat's wife, Mrs Hocken, who looks "terrified"...

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    In the story, a strange phenomenon is gripping England. Common, everyday birds of all sorts are flying to the southern part of the country and flocking to towns and cities in immense numbers. Nat...

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    In "The Birds," the resolution of the story comes when Nat realises that he and his family are alone and helpless against the attacking birds. He realises this when the wireless does not play the...

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    At the beginning of the story, Nat experiences some minor incidents which alert him to the changing behaviour of the birds. The first of these occurs when he is eating lunch on the cliff's edge...

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    The silent radio and the burning cigarette can also be interpreted as symbols of man's struggle to survive. The silent radio, for example, is a stark reminder that in the fight against the birds,...

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    There are two excuses offered to explain why the birds are acting up. The first one is spoken by Mr Triggs, the farmer, who says that the weather is to blame for the birds' strange behaviour: I...

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    In thinking of critical thinking questions to ask about Daphne du Maurier's short story "The Birds," one can consider themes. One theme in the short story concerns peoples' psychological responses...

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    The climax in any story is the turning point in the story. It's the moment when the conflict has reached its greatest point of intensity and the moment when the resolution is in sight. The reader...

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    At the end of "The Birds," Nat throws his empty cigarette packet onto the fire and watches it burn. This moment is indeed symbolic: that the packet is empty, for example, signifies that humankind...

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    Answering the question -- on what page of Daphne Du Maurier's short story The Birds do the birds first attack -- is impractical, as it is dependent upon the student posing the question having the...

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    Daphne Du Maurier's short story The Birds was a reaction to the fears faced by the British and others in the years following World War II, which saw England heavily bombed by Germany, and the...

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    In Daphne du Maurier's short story The Birds, Nat Hocken has been slightly bewildered by the strange behavior of the region's bird. Nat observes the birds' seeming restlessness and their apparent...

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    Yes, the short story "The Birds" takes place after World War II. The year is not certain, but it's probably within a year or two after the war. We know this because the story begins by describing...

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    A definition paragraph is often part of first paragraph, the introductory paragraph, of an essay. It is an explanation of terms in the essay, or the topic of the essay. This can be accomplished...

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    du Maurier develops Nat as focused and precise. Though no one would ever wish to be in the situation in which he is placed, Nat is one of the best equipped to handle such a crisis. Nat is focused...

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    Daphne Du Maurier spent her adulthood in the region of Cornwall in southwest England, and it was the Cornish peninsula that provided settings for much of her fiction, including her short story The...

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    The opening of the story contains symbolism. Du Maurier uses the opening of the story to indicate a theory of correspondence, a connection between the weather and impending dramatic elements in...

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    War quotes The situation depicted in this story consciously recalls wartime. The constant aerial attacks by the birds engender a siege mentality in the humans. Nat and his family are obliged to...

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    The premise of Du Maurier's story is a fairly destructive one. The birds win. Humanity suffers. Yet, in Nat's characterization, one can see how Du Maurier defines the contours of survival. Du...

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    This is a mystery that is never fully solved in the story. What Nat and others assume at the beginning, before the bird attacks become too serious, is that the birds are acting in such strange ways...

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    I'm answering your question (and edited your question to reflect this) as if you were asking about Aristophanes' play, The Birds. If you were writing about the Du Maurier story, please submit your...

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    Nat is a realist. He is shown to be extremely perceptive about the world around him. He understands the magnitude of the challenges with the bird before anyone else. Contrary to the Triggs'...

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    I would say that one symbolic force in the novel would be the birds, themselves. The birds come to represent a force of malevolence. It is not merely that they are against the humans. The birds...

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    The most demonstrative external conflict in the work is between Nat and the Birds. This is external in nature as it pits two forces against one another. Nat is experiencing a fundamental external...

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    I think that du Maurier is trying to convey a sense of doom with the destruction at the Triggs' farm. For Nat to see the Triggs' bodies is a reflection of his worst fears. At the same time, he...

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